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Whether it’s US yields or UK shores, it’s been another whirlwind week in markets. Here’s what you need to know!


Imminent invasion Biden has been persistent but why? Find out why we think Russia will not invade Ukraine HERE.

Thin ice Are the Fed at risk of causing the next recession? We explain why the US central bank may be doomed to fail.

See you J.P. Morgan is the first bank to open in Decentraland. Find out what they think about the Metaverse.

Vol spikes Volatility is on the rise as the markets digest multiple risk events. Here are the current winners and losers.


End Of Week Prices – Feb 18th, 2022

Markets: A volatile week for stocks, which finished lower across the board dominated by rising tensions between the West and Russia mixed with anxiety over the Fed’s next policy move. However, despite geopolitical unrest crude posted its first weekly decline in two months.

Crypto: Another down week for cryptocurrencies with altcoins underperforming. Analysts note that open conflict been Russia and Ukraine could potentially affect bitcoin hashrates, which could exacerbate the knee-jerk market reaction weaker for high-beta risk assets like crypto.


M&A and Private Equity

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), the U.S network gear maker has made a $20bn offer for software company Splunk.

Deutsche Bahn, the German national railway operator is preparing a sale of its logistics unit DB Schenker which could fetch upwards of $23bn.

Millennium and Point 72 are both interested in acquiring quant hedge fund Engineers Gate.

Madison Dearborn Partners has agreed to purchase MoneyGram, a money transfer service for $1bn in cash.

Venture Capital

Starling Bank, a UK-based fintech is weighing plans to raise a new round of funding which would value the business at $3.4bn.

Genesis, a low code application platform for financial markets has raised a fresh $200m round led by Tiger Global.

Sequoia has launched a new $600m fund to invest exclusively in crypto startup tokens.

Flutterware, an EM-focused payments firm has raised a $250m round at a $3bn led by B Capital Group.


S&P 500-Nasdaq Weekly Chart




In this week’s episode, Eddie and I debate on whether the Fed will succeed in its battle against inflation, three reasons why it’s not in Russia’s interest to invade Ukraine and how US equity sectors have performed through the rocky start to 2022



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